The origin of Valentine’s Day goes back to Christian and Roman traditions, but the reason it has become associated with romantic love seems a little unclear. February has long been observed as a month of romance possibly due to the pagan festival Lupercalia, which celebrated Spring and fertility and which was hijacked by the Christians for their St Valentine.
So we have a long tradition of observing Valentines Day, which is celebrated in many countries all around the world and with February 14th falling on a Friday this year, you have the perfect excuse to make the romantic gesture of surprising your loved one with a romantic weekend getaway!
Paris has long been associated with romance and with some great Eurostar offers makes it a surprisingly affordable option. You could be strolling around the museums and galleries, shopping and indulging in the gastronomic delights of the cafes, bistros and Michelin starred restaurants the city has to offer in little over 2 hours from London.
What could be more romantic than waking up to a view of the Grand Canal? Venice has long been a romantic destination with its connection to the greatest lover of all time, Casanova! Be swept away by the beautiful buildings, piazzas and canals – a gondola ride for two is the perfect way to take in the sights and smells of this atmospheric city!
For the new romantics and if you really want to impress how about New York? Visit the top of the Empire Estate Building, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, wander around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or window shopping at Tiffany’s (well you never know)!
So love it or hate it Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and whether you fully embrace the whole concept of validating your love for each other by the giving and receiving of cards and gifts on the 14th February or not, you may be in trouble if you completely ignore it.
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